I hate to be such a downer steve, but the development of complications due to high blood sugar (which you have) does not come with symptoms. Until you have problems. As it stands, your muscles are not helping to burn off enough glucose. The "cut off" for a safe a1c has been determined to be 7%. And you are over that. It is possible that with some changes (as I said, meds or diet), you could get things under better control to be safer. Then work more on the muscles and back off on the meds.
Just my opinion. I would hate to see someone have to go through what I have been through.
The impact could be many things, in part depending on the ingredients. I saw that one of them is caffeine and that can raise blood sugar. I would be more concerned with the a1c (which translates to an average bg of 180 - meaning you are higher a lot of the time) than with building more muscle. You are in prime territory for complications and all the muscle mass in the world will not save your kidneys. I would definitely talk to the doc about modifying your regime - be that diet or meds (you are obviously exercising).
I think it's grossly unfair to blame people for their diabetes complications. Just like diabetes, there is a strong genetic component to complications. Some people take excellent care and have issues, and others never test, run high, and live long and prosper.
Hi caddiecat. While it takes a while (a month or so) to get your settings right, learning to actually use the pump is a no brainer. If you can use a bank machine, you can use a pump. In the meantime, a small investment in some books might help you. "Think Like a Pancreas" is great and so is "Using Insulin". If you do decide to pump, the book "Pumping Insulin" is also a big help.
If you don't mind my asking, what are your numbers running? Everyone's concept of "shooting up" is different. Especially if you read a lot of posts from type 2s (no offense folks). Some I have seen get hysterical if they go over 140. To a type 1 on insulin, you can't expect that sort of control.
And yes, no matter what age you are, you want the best control possible in order to live your life to the fullest. Best of luck and feel free to ask me questions.
I agree with Dave. She needs to see a doctor. It appears she does have a glucose problem but it could be either type 1 or type 2. Obviously in the early stages if her a1c is normal. More testing needs to be done and a specialist is in order.
Luckylyn, not all diabetics are created equal. Many believe that Type 2 is actual a spectrum of disorders. If you have found something that works for you, great! But don't expect everyone to be identical. Many have different levels of beta cell function and have other medical conditions. There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all treatment regime for diabetes.
And almost 40 pounds in 80 days?Many medical professionals would not consider that either safe, or sustainable for the long term. Best of luck maintaining it.
Lynn, how often you are recommended to change out the CGM varies with manufacturer. I believe Medtronic suggests about every 4 - 5 days (that may have changed as it was a downer for many) but Dexcom users often get about 2 weeks out of it.
And while the cgm can be useful, I am one of those that had a bad experience. My meter was always within 2 - 3% of the lab value and my cgm was off from my meter by about 30%. So I ended up testing more often. And they still recommend that you not correction dose based on the cgm.
Sorry, I've forgotten. What type of D do you have?
Hi Mulberry. I don't mind questions at all. First, I have to tell you that transplants are not a cure. They are (always) another form of treatment. Eventually they fail. But in the meantime, I have been insulin free since April 27, 2008. For the month prior to that, all I was taking was about 6 units of lantus per day. That was basically to rest the new organ. Since then, my highest a1c has been 5.4% and my blood sugars are incredibly stable. It's fantastic!
So, on to your questions. My a1c did drop from mid 7s to mid 6s. I was happy with that. I could have gotten it lower, but it would have taken a level of obsession that I wasn't willing to put in. Granted, you do have to put the work in. Basal testing takes some time, and also some deprivation. Skipping meals and also on some nights, getting up every hour or so to check your blood sugars. I would highly recommend the book "Pumping Insulin". It's a terrific guide and you might even be able to take it out of your local library or buy a used copy on Amazon.
As for helping with vision, any betterment of control will help. Just don't do it too fast because your eyes don't like that.
Also, don't expect instant results. It takes some time to figure out all your basals and once those are set, you then need to figure out your insulin to carb ratios, as those can be different at different times of day too. I found that my control improved significantly and I was happy/comfortable with my pump by about the 4 - 6 week mark. Not a long time in the big scheme of things.